African Studies at Northwestern

Northwestern University continues its longstanding commitment to African Studies by strengthening the major functional areas of African Studies at Northwestern focusing on:

  • Undergraduate education
  • Graduate student training
  • Herskovits Library
  • Faculty research
  • Visiting scholars
  • Events organized and hosted by PAS

The Program of African Studies has partnered with Northwestern's Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, with the Buffett Center assuming administrative and functional duties for former PAS sponsored research projects, including REACH and ISITA, as well as for supporting and promoting the growth of faculty research, visiting scholars, events, and programming. These changes reflect PAS and Northwestern's continued commitment to advance African scholarship at Northwestern University.

An executive faculty committee oversees the overall intellectual direction of PAS and its programs. The committee is responsible for working with the PAS affiliated faculty and students and communicating with the university administration.  The committee collectively reviews and makes decisions on  PAS awards and visiting scholar applications  Each member also has individual responsibilities assigned (see below) and works directly with the PAS staff on these. If you have particular queries regarding any of these specific areas, please contact the person in charge of that issue.

The committee will meet once a month throughout the quarter.  Please direct inquiries to

PAS Executive Committee

Rebecca Shereikis, ISITA

Noelle Sullivan, Global Health Studies Program

Helen Tilley, History

Evan Mwangi, English

Will Reno, Political Science

Jeff Rice, WCAS Academic Advising and History

Rachel Riedl, Political Science

Ivy Wilson, English

The Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies continues as the administrative home for PAS. Kate Klein, Assistant Director and Kelly Coffey, Program Assistant continue to handle the programming and administration at PAS.

The Program of African Studies remains well-positioned to further advance the study of Africa at Northwestern and continues to be one of the world's preeminent institutions for the study of Africa.